Derry council opts to reopen town administrator search
After months of searching, the council had narrowed the field down from 76 candidates to finalists Richard Brown, of Massachusetts and Stephen Eldridge, of Maine. They further narrowed the list to just one finalist, whose name will not be revealed, Council Chairman Mark Osborne said in the meeting.
Osborne didn’t specify what factors led to the decision to not select either town administrator finalist. Each candidate had a lot of municipal government experience and had dealt with similar situations.
In moving forward with the search, councilors agreed 6-0 to appropriate $2,000 to fund the next search that will begin within days.
The council also agreed to add a requirement of executive management experience, with a preference for governmental experience, to the new ad they plan to post.
If the new search succeeds in finding a new town administrator, they would then be named at the Tuesday, Sept. 16 Town Council meeting, according to the draft.
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